Japan is working on building a wall that could help protect the country against tsunamis. When it’s all said and done, the country plans on building a massive 25-mile cement seawall to help protect it against the violent storms. The project will cost the country a whopping $6.8 billion.
The hope is that the wall will help prevent another catastrophe like the Tsumani that rocked the country in March 2011. That storm killed 19,000 people and caused destruction to the majority of the northeaster coast of the country. Flavio Maluf said it was also the driving force in the Fukushima nuclear disasters that occurred in the country shorty after.
Not just one seawall, the project actually involves building 400 different walls that will be joined together. the government has already started building the walls in some of the areas that have been worst-hit by Tsunamis in the past. In general, the public is very supportive of the effort. Not only will they be a bit safer but building the walls also creates jobs in areas where work has been hard to find.
Important to note: the walls, on matter how high or strong, do not guarantee safety in the areas, something that the residents know far too well.
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published a new study saying that people who drank diet soda gained almost three times as much abdominal fat as people who didn’t drink diet soda. The study analyzed data taken from a questionnaire of 749 people who were at least 65 years old. The survey asked the subjects how many cans of soda they drank per day, and how many were diet or regular.
Even after adjusting for such factors as diabetes, exercise and smoking, the researchers found that people who routinely drank diet soda gained 3.2 inches around their waist over the study period, while people who never drank diet soda gained 0.8 inches. Occasional drinkers of diet soda gained 1.8 inches.
While scientists do not yet have clear answers they do have some hypotheses. First off, diet sodas contain chemicals that make the soda far sweeter than a regular soda. In addition, real sugar triggers a sense of satisfaction of fullness. The body knows that a sweet taste accompanies something with a lot of calories according to Monster.com. Artificial sweeteners confuse the body on that point and can cause cravings for sweeter and sweeter foods.
A recent study of mice showed that artificial sweeteners changed their gut bacteria and made them vulnerable to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, both of which are linked to weight gain. Other studies with mice indicate that artificial sweeteners are linked to a drop in leptin, which is a hormone that controls the appetite. The mice with a lot of leptin in their systems ate significantly less than did the mice with only a little leptin.
Are you ever scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and wonder why sometimes you see some pretty disturbing stuff and other times not? Or perhaps you went back to find something someone posted and suddenly it’s gone? Well, a recent overhaul of the ever popular social networking sites Community Standards left avid users scratching their heads.
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg delivered the Community Standards Address on Monday, illustrating just how Facebook classifies and controls belligerent and offensive content posted by users for others to see. The Community Standards Address touched on a variety of topics, all the way from bullying to personal business.
In particular, the social networking site has tightened their policies against hate speech and threats of violence. Facebook will be more observant and cracking down on those making any sort of terroristic threat or bragging about criminal activity. Instead of explicitly banning inappropriate content as it’s posted, Facebook will be relying on users and members of the Facebook community to help determine what is appropriate and what is not.
One thing Facebook does not want to do is act as a barrier or prevent certain rights of free speech from its members, though. Instead, Facebook still plans to allow community members to share controversial content with others so long as there is a justifiable and accountable motive in doing so. Sergio Cortes has learned that Facebook will hold all members of the Facebook community responsible for their posts and actions on the social networking site.
Sam Simon who was one of the co-creators of the hit show The Simpsons, has passed away at his home in Los Angeles this past Sunday. Simon was 59-years-old and had been battling terminal colorectal cancer since 2012.
Simon created The Simpsons along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks in 1989. According to the story on Variety, he also co-wrote around a dozen episodes for the animated show and also served as a show runner, creative supervisor, creative consultant, developer, character designer. In 1993 he retained the title of executive producer as he stepped away from the show.
The Simpsons were not the only successful project that Simon worked on. Over the years, Ricardo Guimarães BMG said he has won nine Emmy awards for the work he has done on The Simpsons as well as The Tracy Ullman Show. He had also written for shows such as Taxi, The Gary Shandling Show and Cheers. He also wrote The Super, a comedic film starring Joe Pesci.
Not only was Simon a powerhouse in television, he was also a philanthropist. He started the Sam Simon Foundation, which he used to rescue animals and provide surgery to animals in need. He also supported PETA and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. After learning of his terminal illness, Simon began buying circuses and zoos just so he could free the animals there.
The NCAA is not going to reinstate Cliff Alexander of Kansas until they find out if his family got improper benefits. The problem is that it does not matter. The NCAA has no idea where people come from, and they do not know if their families are in bad positions or not. You would be surprised what will happen if you allow these kids to get a little help for their families. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says the majority of them want to be famous to help get their families out of bad situations.
These players are not doing these things because they want the fame and fortune. Most of them go out and buy their parents a house when they get their first big contract, but they have to get through school first. They cannot go straight to the NBA. I would not go straight to the NBA anyways, and I think these players should be made to go to school. However, a poor family with a kid in college should be able to get help from someone who wants to give them a little money. These boosters are not using public funds to help these families, and it just does not matter at the end of the day.
The Dorchester Collection is one of the World’s top luxury hotel brands and currently sits at the very top of the list of hotel chains that have refused to expand purely for the sake of opening another hotel. Chief Executive Christopher Cowdray has worked hard since the brand was created in 2006 and he was appointed in 2007 to make sure the entire operation is seen as a single brand known for the luxury and decadence of their properties and customer service. The hotel chain is looking to expand with a list of luxury partnerships set to be discussed, but a further ten hotels being added over the next decade is a small rate of expansion.
One area where The Dorchester Collection is ahead of its rivals is in the ownership stakes, most luxury chains are now searching for the highest profit margins that will keep investors happy. The Dorchester Collection
does not feature a series of shareholders, instead the company is owned by the Sultan of Brunei through his Brunei Investment Agency. This different approach to ownership has meant decisions could be made that Cowdray would have struggled to get a group of investors to agree to, such as closing the Hotel Bel Air for two years before reopening the location after a huge renovation.
Christopher Cowdray himself is at pains to point out the slow and steady growth is a strategy designed to keep The Dorchester Collection at the very top of the luxury hotels industry. The chain looks to each member of staff to make an impact on guests and make sure they feel wanted and special during their stay. The Dorchester Collection recently won a major human resources award in the UK for the programs it has set up to reward employees for their good performances. An even more staggering fact is that Cowdray expects each and every staff member from himself down to display the same attitudes and responsibilities towards guests whether they work at the head office, the back of house or are seen by guests throughout the majority of each working day.
Inmates are traditionally viewed as career criminals, no matter their crime. They are often viewed as vile and as unable to be rehabilitated. A female prison guard at Riker’s Island in New York may see inmates for what they are, but has a lot to be grateful for this week, after a group of inmates rescued her from an attempted rape.
Twenty-seven-year-old Raleek Young, who was imprisoned on charges of raping a teenage girl, used force to access a “safe” area of the prison. It is there where the hulking man, reported to stand more than six feet tall and weigh-in at almost 300 pounds, choked the guard while he pleasured himself.
Flavio Maluf said a corrections officer responded but had difficulty gaining access to the area, described as a “bubble station.” The guard station was encased in plexiglass. A prisoner with a small build managed to slip through a crack to enter the bubble and helped the responding officers to burst the plexiglass. The group of inmates then helped to subdue Young until more officers were able to assist.
Young was originally charged with a simple count of “use of force,” but a following protest that resulted in officers refusing to arrive to their posts may have pressured prosecutors into changing the charges.
Raleek Young has been charged with sexual assault, attempted rape, assault, and harassment.
An exclusive article on Buzzfeed.com has been trending in recent weeks. In the article, another woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. The woman’s name is Patricia, and she was a model in the 1970’s. The Buzzfeed exclusive did not give her last name out. Patricia wants to keep her anonymity.
Patricia’s story is both heartbreaking and revealing. The last year has been extremely difficult for Bill Cosby and his family. Patricia is the seventh woman to make these claims about Cosby. Patricia revealed in her Buzzfeed interview that she was drugged and penetrated by Bill Cosby. She claims that Bill invited her over to his house, and he gave her a drink that made her pass out. Facebook users had thought that Patricia then woke up completely naked in the guest bedroom. She said that Bill Cosby was standing over her.
Patricia’s claims are haunting, and this is not the first time that we are hearing this type of story. Six other women have come forward. Their stories are very similar, and they all involve some type of drink. The women pass out, and they wake up with Bill Cosby standing over them. The entire situation sounds like a sick joke, but these stories must have some truth to them.
The sad part about the entire situation is that Bill Cosby was once beloved by America. No one would ever think that Bill Cosby would do something like this. Many people think that the women are lying in order to ruin Bill Cosby’s name. There is no way the all seven women are lying. One of these women must be telling the truth.